A number of different Victorinox Swiss Army Knives contain a ballpoint pen in the scales. The smaller 58mm knives suitable for a key chain have pen options and provide a very convenient way to ensure a pen is always within reach. The other option is available on some 91mm knives, which can be very valuable during traveling or camping. The pen is housed in the scales (handles) of the knife and often people or knife dealers may change the scales to allow a pen to be carried in a knife that is not offered with that feature from the factory. Some individuals have created custom scales for the 84mm sized knives to allow for a pen as these models have never been offered with a pen by Victorinox.
|Victorinox's first pen was included in the 58mm Signature series of knives. First released in 1993, it replaced the toothpick in the scales. The removable-pen is very short, not more than 50mms, and extremely thin. Its thickness is comparable to the replaceable refill in a standard ballpoint pen. The small diameter and overall minuteness of the pen makes it fairly impractical for extended use. It was discontinued in favor of a new retractable pen design.|
|Victorinox improved the 58mm pen in 1999 with the Signature II knife model. This knife has a retractable, rather than removable, pen. A small sliding mechanism is located in the scale next to the scissors, with a slightly exposed Grey finger control. Sliding the control down the scale causes the pen to extend from a small hole at the end of the scale. The control locks the pen in the extended position. This makes the pen an extension of the entire knife body, allowing the entire knife body to be grasped during writing instead of just a thin tube. Additionally, Victorinox recommends extending the nail file blade to provide more length for the 'body' of the pen. This design is far easier to use than either of the removable pen options, although still not as comfortable as most standard pens. see also: Retractable Stylus|
|Victorinox developed new Plus-Scales for inclusion on some 91mm knife models. These Scales add a small hole for a Straight Pin by the Corkscrew/Phillips cutout. On the Corkscrew side they also feature a slot for a Removable Pen beside the Toothpick that is typically found in the scales. This Pen is longer than the original one for the 58mm knives, measuring just shy of 71mm. The Pen is pressurized to allow it to continue to write at all angles. The extra length makes it somewhat easier to write with, but it is still as thin as the original 58mm design, and thus impractical for extended use. Some people find if they place the pen in the knife layer under the multipurpose-hook, the tension from the Hook will hold it secure. This allows the knife to act as an extended body for the pen similar to the retractable design, and greatly increases its ergonomics.||
|All SwissCards include a removable pen. |
It is the same size as the 91mm pen, but with a symmetrical head as opposed to the asymmetric 91mm pen head